Ukraine PACE delegation showing signs of maturity?

January 22, 2013

Well, without fisty-cuffs, bribery, coercion, scandal, or even a raised voice, the Ukrainian delegation to PACE has managed to sort itself out administratively – probably due to the fact that the meeting to discuss the Ukrainian PACE delegation organogram was delayed by bad weather as participants were stuck at various European airports, thus reducing the time for showboating around “positions” and “interests” and forcing all involved to head directly to their the base positions of “needs” between scheduled PACE meetings.

As a result the composition of the Ukrainian PACE delegation and PACE committees have been resolved – swiftly – with equal representation for Ukrainian majority and minority politicians.

My only comment relates to the fact that the United Opposition could find nobody better than Serhiy Sobolev to fill the position of Deputy Chairman in that international role.  There must surely have been better people to take it on than him.


  1. Ukraine’s representation at PACE is as partisan as Ukrainian politics itself. Seeing that the Ukrainian delegation includes 12 MPs – 5 from the Party of Regions, 1 from the Communist Party, and 1 independent representing the government (7 total) on one side … 3 from Batkivshchyna, 1 from UDAR, 1 from Svoboda representing the opposition (5 total) on the other side – Soboloev is the most experienced parliamentarian from the opposition’s quota. He is in the least no less qualified than Popesku.

    • I am well aware of the make-up of the Ukrainian delegation – however, Ukrainian delegations seem to work quite well within international organisations as has been noted by numerous international counterparts.

      It would seem that the highly partisan domestic agenda does not extend greatly into the delegations to international organisations.

      As for Sobolev, he is a long standing MP. That does not make him good or the best candidate. He is absolutely dwarfed in technique, ability, presentation, negotiation ability, diplomatic ability and charisma but others such as Mykola Tomenko.

      • The “highly partisan domestic agenda” which follows the current Ukrainian delegation to the PACE plenary reflects the extreme crisis of governance that corruption and incompetence have bred in Ukraine. Just the simple fact that Kivalov is still reporting to PACE on matters concerning justice on behalf of Ukraine is hypocritical to say the least and shows that the Ukrainian government has taken the first steps to promote destructive patronage and partisanship in international diplomacy.

        As for Tomenko, it is true that his experience as deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada during the last convocation puts him over the top as an excellent candidate for deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation – however, unfortunately he was not even chosen to be a member of the delegation. No one among the 10 other members (not inlcluding Popescu and Sobolev) stands out as an obvious choice for the position of deputy. And God forbid that anyone suggests Seemanyenka!

      • Now I would agree Kivalov should be replaced, despite the fact I know him personally.

        However, as to how the new Ukrainian PACE delegation will do remains to be seen. As I have said, thus far the Ukrainian delegations within such international entities seem to do quite well according to their international colleagues at least.

        You have to suspect that some (from all parties) will be secretly glad to get away from the domestic partisanship at every opportunity they get as long as their personal interests are well looked after in their absence.

        If I had to choose a delegation leader from within the PoR ranks it would have been Tigipko simply because he, like Tomenko, has the ability and character to influence international colleagues far better than most within PoR ranks.

        A Tigipko/Tomenko lead would have been about as good as Ukraine could have provided from the current crop of deputies on such a stage.

        Certainly if I was having to deal with Ukraine at a negotiating table, I would choose those two to be amongst that number sitting opposite me.

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